Sesame and Garlic Green Beans

This time of year it’s easy find an abundance of winter vegetables. You’ll find bins of squashes, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and colorful cabbages at your local grocery store. But what about those spring and summer vegetables like green beans and fresh, sweet peas?

Sesame Green Beans

Sesame Green Beans

No problem! After reading this article in Eating Well magazine, I know that I can eat those out of season vegetables any time I want. I just need to shop the frozen aisles of my grocery store.

I won’t be sacrificing a single nutrient because reputable companies freeze vegetables freshly picked, locking in those essential nutrients. Often, the fresh vegetables you find at the market have been shipped and kept in cold storage for several days. That doesn’t sound fresh to me.

Sesame Green Beans

Sesame Green Beans

Just a few simple ingredients like garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and honey turn a simple bag of frozen green beans, into a sweet and savory side dish.

Looks fresh to me!

Sesame and Garlic Green Beans
Amount Per Serving Calories: 168 Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5 Total Fat: 9.98g Cholesterol: -- Sodium: 143mg Total Carbs: 17.64g Dietary Fiber: 5.28g Sugars: 7.99g Protein: 4.91g
  • 4 cups green beans, fresh or frozen, trimmed (if beans are frozen, all them to thaw before cooking)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds , toasted
  1. Preheat a stove top wok or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add oil, and when the oil is hot, add green beans.
  2. Stir fry the green beans for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and ginger.
  3. Stir fry for another 5 - 8 minutes until the beans are crisp-tender. Lower heat and add water or vegetable broth as needed if the beans begin to burn.
  4. Add the green onion, soy sauce and honey. Stir for another minute or two to spread sauce.
  5. Serve with sprinkled with the sesame seeds.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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  1. says

    I’m not opposed to frozen vegetables, at all–it just depends on what is fresh and available and what I feel like making. These green beans look fabulous–I would absolutely eat these.

  2. says

    I’m with you on the frozen veg, Kristi, certainly for beans and spinach as often the ‘fresh’ veg can be very poor specimens indeed. I tend to go for frozen when it comes to beans or peas unless I have grown them myself. Love all the flavours you’ve brought to this dish. Definitely on the menu soon.

  3. says

    We’re saving up to buy a separate freezer for exactly that reason! I want to stock up on meats and frozen veggies when I see awesome sales. Love the sesame on the green beans.

    • says

      We have a freezer when we were raising our kids – it saved us a fortune. The best deals were on day old baked goods and meats. Perfectly good when I popped them in the freezer right away.

  4. says

    Love the flavors in this dish – green beans are a great flavorite and and freeze really well. Love this recipe! So pleased to have met you through Eat Cook Share – I’m signing up to follow and looking forward to lots more!
    mary x


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